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Team Tyndall: celebrating our past, serving the future

Honor Guard perform a prisoner-of-war and missing-in-action presentation

Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard perform a prisoner-of-war and missing-in-action presentation during the annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 6, 2019. The table was set for six to represent fallen or missing service members from the five U.S. military branches and civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

This weekend, Tyndall Checkertails will have the opportunity to celebrate the U.S. Air Force’s 72nd birthday during the Air Force Ball.

The Air Force Ball is a longstanding tradition within the service that is celebrated at bases around the world annually.

“The ball is important because it’s a chance for everyone to come together, regardless of rank or unit, and enjoy a night of celebrating our heritage,” said Senior Airman John Szwec, 325th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist and Air Force Ball committee member.  

Each year, the Air Force Ball committee designates a theme that they feel truly represents Tyndall. The theme for this year’s ball is ‘celebrating our past, serving the future.’

“We’re celebrating our past — all of the great accomplishments of Tyndall and the Air Force,” said Szwec. “Serving the future is something that we do every day and really hits home for us. Since Hurricane Michael, it’s been our mission to rebuild Tyndall and make it the base of the future.”

The ball will be a reminder to Checkertails of their major achievements throughout the years, as well as an encouragement to continue preparing Tyndall for future Airmen.

“Attending the ball is something every Airman should do at least once in their career,” said Szwec. “It’s a chance to honor and celebrate the Air Force during a night of festivities with other Airmen.”

This year’s ball will be held on Sept. 21, 2019.